William Jacobsen, the author of Viper,
Business as Usual and For Hire, was born and
raised in Brooklyn, New York. When he joined the New York Police Department he was first assigned to the 25th Precinct in
upper Manhattan. Later, he was transferred to the Tactical Patrol Force and then the Brooklyn North Youth Squad. He also worked
the 67th Detective Squad in Flatbush, Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Burglary-Larceny Squad, and the Brooklyn Burglary Squad.
William Jacobsen retired out of the Brooklyn Burglary Squad and now lives in Florida.
According to the book description of Viper, “Sergeant Nick
Maloni supervises the Chief of Detectives’ Confidential Investigations Unit. He is assigned to look into a homicide
by his boss Chief of Detectives’ Martin Kennedy. This leads Maloni to the African Black Army, and bombings that soon
escalate to the killing of New York City police officers. An old enemy, General Chin takes credit for the explosions and the
attacks on police officers. He demands the U.S. Government provide him with land for an independent black nation. General
Chin uses an Arab terrorist, named Hassaim the Viper to prepare the bombs and provide funds. They form a symbiotic partnership
to futher their own goals. Death and destruction by the terrorists prevails as Nick Maloni and his partner Jimmy Trask track
down Chin and Hassaim.”
According to the book description
of Business as Usual, “Detective First Grade Nick Maloni expects to meet the Mole, his stoolie.
At the time of their meeting the Mole is an outside man in a bank robbery. Nick will be assigned to investigate that robbery.
The Mole signals the gang the money was delivered and that no police are in the bank. Sonny Mancuso, the gang’s
leader with two others enter the small bank in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. The bank’s guard
fatally shoots one of the robbers, and is shot himself. Unknown by the robbers an undercover off-duty police officer is in
the bank. He exchanges shots with Mancuso and is hit. The thieves escape. Mancuso must now face Mafia boss, Sal Diamano to
answer for the botched back robbery. The robber fears the worse, but to his surprise his is spared, but must do a job for
Diamano. Mancuso is ordered to deal drugs with Ben Jones, Brooklyn’s black crime lord, gain his confidence, learn his
operation and then kill Jones. Diamano plans to take over criminal operations in the black areas of Brooklyn.
Nick Maloni meets his long time girl friend, Mary Ryan.
She is a nurse at Kings County Hospital’s emergency room. They go for a drink. While in the bar the Mole comes in, and
tells Nick he will call.
Jimmy Trask, Nick’s partner is given information by Ben Jones of a bank robbery
planned by a radical group that calls itself the African Black Army. The next day Jimmy and Nick set a trap, staking out the
bank. The robbers come into the bank shooting. Both are killed by the detectives in a blazing shoot-out.
Ben Jones wants to meet Jimmy Trask, to offer the detective
money. Trask gets into a confrontation with Frank Johnson, Jones’s underboss and
bodyguard. A fight is avoided by Jones and a deal worked out with Trask to trade information.
A scheme is devised by Mancuso to sell drugs and convince Jones the Mafia from Yonkers
is going to take over Diamano’s operation. Mancuso goes to Yonkers to convince the Mafia leaders they need to remove
Diamano as a way to avoid a gang war between the Italians and Brooklyn’s black gang. The first drug
deal run by Mancuso with the black gang goes smoothly.
Mancuso is followed by detectives.
He is sure some one has talked to the police. He suspects is was the Mole and gives a contract to Vito Gentile, a professional
hit man, to kill the Mole.
is hurt while part of a raid to capture a bank robber. He is taken to Kings County Hospital. Mary Ryan is on duty and sees
the injury. She has been unable to make a commitment and seeing Nick hurt strengthens her resolve not to marry a cop only
to become a widow. She becomes distant and cools the relationship.
Mancuso is told by the Mafia in Yonkers they are going to replace
Diamano. He must step down or be killed. Mancuso receives an okay to kill Diamano’s underboss. The
contract is given to Vito Gentile.
Jones starts a war with Jamaican
Rastafarians by bombing a store dealing drugs. They make an attempt to kill Jones. He kills four Rastas in a pool hall. Jones
is told the hideout of Rasta Ja, their leader and in the middle of the night stages a commando type raid
on the house in Queens to kill him..
task force is formed with city detectives, and the FBI to stop the war between the Rastas and Ben Jones.
Information is received that Jones does his drug deals under the Brooklyn Bridge. Nick finds out a large drug sale is going
to take place shortly”